See a complete list of jazz concerts in Seattle this spring on our Things To Do calendar.
"Saxman supreme" and six-time Grammy-winning David Sanborn has played with Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Paul Simon, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones.
New England Conservatory of Music–trained Cuong Vu, who's received praise from publications including the New Yorker and the New York Times, will lead the University of Washington's Modern Band in innovative arrangements and original compositions.
Pianist Overton Berry and bassist Bruce Phares, a "legendary" Northwest jazz duo, join forces again to bring their classic jazz to Seattle's South End.
Jeffrey Osborne, who began his singing career in 1969 with R&B/funk band LTD and has since released five gold and platinum solo albums, is now touring in support of his 12th album, 2013's A Time for Love.
I do not believe in God, but I do deeply believe in these humans, all of whom are dead: Baruch Spinoza, Lynn Margulis, and John Coltrane. The first is the father of philosophy; the second, the mother of biology; the third, the holy ghost of the highest art, music. What made John Coltrane so great? It was not his playing but the idea in his playing. Whenever he blows, you feel as if the construction, the improvement, the refinement of this idea has been resumed. Tonight, saxophonist Steve Griggs, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Gregg Keplinger will perform music inspired by this great American ghost. There will also be conversation between Griggs and Yashuhiro Fujioka, a Coltrane scholar. CM
French Algerian acoustic guitarist Pierre Bensusan, whom the LA Times described as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today," comes to Seattle on his 40th anniversary world tour.
Since 1990, Earshot Jazz's Golden Ear Awards has recognized the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists during the previous year and inducted significant artists into Seattle's Jazz Hall of Fame. Performances from Eugenie Jones—who herself is nominated for Northwest Vocalist and Northwest Recording of the Year—and her band will bookend the awards ceremony.
In order to raise funds to repair the Royal Room's signature Steinway B piano, 20 of Seattle's best jazz pianists will perform the works of some of the all-time most prolific composers.
Grammy-nominated Earl Klugh is one of the top acoustic guitar players of our day.
Seattle-based guitarist Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners will perform the unrecorded songs of Seattle jazz composer Frank D. Waldron, whom Ruby calls "one of the most important yet unknown figures in early Seattle jazz."
The jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist is touring in support of her anthology, Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux.
All of the proceeds from tonight's jazz-stravaganza go toward the music programs of the schools whose students will be performing: Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Mount Si, Mountlake Terrace, and Roosevelt High Schools.
The winners, one high school and one adult female jazz vocalist, will be flown to Kobe, our sister city in Japan, for the May 2015 Kobe Shinkaichi Jazz Queen Contest.
Jazz/blues/roots group Davina and the Vagabonds are known for their "New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages."
Grammy-nominated, Cuban-born pianist OMarch Sosa and his Quarteto Afrocubano celebrate the release of their new album.
Pianist Kenny Werner, who was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his "musical journey" No Beginning No End, teams up with Brazilian singer-songwriter Joyce Moreno.
Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit pays tribute to legendary singer/scat queen Ella Fitzgerald.
Jazz master Bill Holman will lead the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in works he composed for the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Count Basie.
Macedonian singer Esma Redzepova takes the stage for a night of Romani tunes.
Adventurous, Israeli-born guitarist/composer Oz Noy, who has toured and recorded with the likes of Harry Belafonte and Clay Aiken, will perform with bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Dave Weckl.
April 28– May 1
Grammy-winning, chart-topping saxophonist Kenny G, who grew up in Seward Park, returns to his roots.
Back in the 1980s, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation operated only between 5 p.m. and midnight, and in the hour or so before programing started, the station would accompany the transmission test pattern with music. Often this music was by Abdullah Ibrahim, and often the tunes that flowed from the TV's speakers were either Ibrahim's exquisitely affirmative "Zimbabwe" or his masterpiece of jazz-jive "Mannenberg." What Ibrahim accomplished as an artist was to end the split between lyrical sensitivity and aggressive percussiveness. He is one of the giants of Africa. CM
Baltimore-born Cyrus Chestnut is not an easy pianist to describe. He is technically brilliant but when he plays, it often sounds as if technique is not his main concern. Chestnut is the type who would prefer to say something badly that he wants to say rather than say well something that he does not want to say. Nevertheless, one always admires the way he handles a piano. It is like watching an experienced sailor on a yacht. He knows all of the ropes, all of the tricks, but prefers to use his instincts rather than maps. The boat is the same but the seas of his sounds are constantly changing. CM
Elvis Costello says Bettye Lavette is "one of R&B's great under-acknowledged vocalists."
Lap-steel "monster" and guitar virtuoso Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage at Jazz Alley for two nights.
Student jazz ensembles perform works by the icons of jazz and perform new works.
Jazz fusionists Spyro Gyra have performed more than 5,000 shows and released 31 albums in the last 40+ years.
Blues and jazz meet, meld, fuse, and congregate when the Seales Brothers get together.
It's the eighth annual festival of improvised music from some of the best experimental improvisers in the game, from guitarist Bill Frisell to bassist Reid Anderson from the Bad Plus.
Esteemed new jazz trio the Bad Plus, who have been called "equal parts amusing and awe-inspiring" by Rolling Stone, headline Jazz Alley.